Let’s say one of your best buddies, or maybe your, brother is about to get married. Before he ties the knot you owe it to him to throw a first-rate bachelor party, and Connecticut has numerous venues which make that possible. Get all the guys together and make your way to any of these state bars to give the prospective groom a memorable last night as a single man.
The Tavern Downtown
201 Ann Uccello St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 524-9990
www.thetaverndowntown.com

Hartford’s lively, unpretentious Tavern Downtown makes a fantastic setting for a bachelor party. If you’re planning a large get-together, it offers a number of different open bar packages for the event. But if it’s just for a few friends, you may opt to have a private “hoppy hour” with half-price drinks anytime 4 – 10 p.m. Either way, The Tavern will set you up nicely with over a hundred draft and bottled beers, from local specialties like Two Roads and Stony Creek to international brews like Smithwick’s and Unibroue.

Cue & Brew
131 Commercial Parkway
Branford, CT 06405
(203) 483-1388
www.cuenbrew.com

The staff of the Branford billiards hall and sports bar Cue & Brew has plenty of experience over the years hosting bachelor parties. There are a variety of food, drink and pool packages that cater to whatever you have in mind. Celebrate with a bountiful buffet filled with appetizers, salads and pasta dishes. Help the man of honor work out his pre-wedding jitters with some friendly rounds of pool.

Rudy’s Bar
1227 Chapel St.
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 865-1242
www.rudysnewhaven.com

Rudy’s has likely been home to dozens of bachelor parties in its eight decade existence, both at its original Elm Street location and its current location on Chapel Street. The new Rudy’s has plenty of space for your celebration, and a superb beer selection to make it a great one. It specializes in Belgian ales, of which it has several different bottles, and its draft list includes craft brews from all over the country. Your party won’t be complete without Rudy’s famous frites, which are available with sauces ranging from pesto mayo to parmesan peppercorn.

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Jake’s Tavern
179 Center St.
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 793-1782
www.jakes1pub.com

Jake’s Tavern has plenty of room for your gathering, including a pub room, a dance room, a larger bar room in back, as well as an outdoor patio. If you’re planning on a large group of guys at the party, the best option may be to rent the second floor room which comes with several couches, tables and its own private bar. Jake’s will make the night extra special with its impressive offering of liquors, wine, a dozen different martinis and several unique cocktails. Its beer list includes a number of rare brews imported from all over Europe.

Black Eyed Sally’s
350 Asylum St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 278-7427
www.blackeyedsallys.com
Hartford’s premier blues and barbeque joint provides the perfect setting for a festive sendoff to singlehood. It’s easy to let loose at Black Eyed Sally’s, which expertly simulates the look and feel of a bustling Memphis or New Orleans nightclub. It has plenty of refreshing beers and cocktails to go with Southern favorites from pulled pork sandwiches and ribs to jambalaya and shrimp and grits. You may either book a private party, or simply show up and enjoy the live jazz and blues bands that play almost every night.

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Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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